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Instructional Assistance

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Instructional Assistance program is designed to prepare students to assist the classroom teacher in grades K through 12. Program requirements include coursework in foundations of education and language as well as practical application coursework, including a practicum within a classroom setting.


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Field of Interest
Academic Plan
Instructional Assistance (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
Effective term
Spring 2016

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Implement developmentally and culturally appropriate instructional strategies and materials.
  2. Accommodate field-sensitive and field independent styles of teaching and learning.
  3. Explain the basic philosophical premises of first and second language acquisition as well as the role of culture in learning.
  4. Participate in K-12 classroom field experiences as an assistant to the teacher.
  5. Include multicultural literature in instruction to increase cultural awareness and sensitivity.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CFS176 or
Child Development or Child Development SB 3
EDU220 Introduction to Serving English Language Learners (ELL) 3
EDU221 Introduction to Education SB 3
EDU291 or
Children's Literature or Children's Literature HU 3
Restricted Electives RE

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU222 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner C, SB 3
EDU230 Cultural Diversity In Education C 3
Restricted Electives RE

Program Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC110 or
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
EDU101++ RE
EDU236 Classroom Relationships RE 3
EDU282++ RE
EDU292 or
HUM292 or
The Art of Storytelling or The Art of Storytelling or The Art of Storytelling C, HU 3
ECH298 or
ECH298 or Special Projects RE 3
ENG101 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
Any foreign language course RE

Restricted Electives (BPC110 or CIS105), COM225, and (ENG101 or ENG107) are recommended to complete required coursework for the Associate in Arts Elementary Education (AA-EE) degree

Course Area Key

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Instructional Assistance (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2020-20215/26/2020 – 5/24/2021
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-20195/29/2018 – 5/27/2019